On Saturday, May 26, 2018, the graduating class of Central City Value High School gathered at Immanuel Presbyterian Church to celebrate the work they have accomplished, and to look forward to a bright and exciting future!

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Best High Schools 20182018 marks an exciting year for Central City Value graduating seniors. Once again, Central City Value High School was bestowed a Silver Award by US News and World Report as one of the best high schools in America.

One hundred and three of our seniors (90% of the senior class) crossed the stage to receive their diplomas. Of those who graduated, 99% are continuing their education in four-year colleges and universities, participating in two-year art or trade schools, or joining the armed forces. 69% of the graduating class were accepted to four-year colleges and universities, such as:

  • University of California, Berkeley (UCB)
  • As you enter this next phase in your journey, I charge you to think of yourself as the CEO of your own learning academy. That you can drive your big, bold vision for learning and that many new worlds will open to you… Be resilient, ask for help. Fear sharpens you, it makes you stronger. And when you run away from fear, you run away from the opportunity to be your best self and reach your potential."
    -- Board Member and Keynote Speaker, Naya Bloom
  • University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • University of California, Riverside (UCR)
  • San Francisco State University (SFSU)
  • San Diego State University
  • California State, Los Angeles
  • California State, San Bernadino

Not many schools can boast such success, and our Jaguars have much to be proud of!

The day's celebration began with Principal Joaquin Arroyo, followed by a passionate keynote speech from Value Schools Foundation Board Member Naya Bloom.

At Value Schools, we know a high school diploma is only a step to a lifetime of learning. We share the expectation that all our 21st century graduates will continue to make a positive difference in the world. And there are those that have stepped forward to ensure our students will not take this journey alone!

Friends of Value Schools

Remarkably generous individuals, who understand the barriers many of our students face when embarking on their educational journey, have joined forces with one another to provide scholarships to some of the most successful and dedicated students at Central City Value, giving them a leg-up in their educational voyage. We thank them all for their generous support, without which many of our students might not be able to reach their educational dreams.

We would like to thank those who have generously contributed to Value Schools and supported our students in their quest for higher education:

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Value Schools Board Member Naya Bloom presents The Chairman's Scholarship to graduate Ximena Avalos.

The Chairman's Scholarship

We will always have the power to continue our education. And to rise!"
-- Chariman Scholarship Winner, Ximena Avalos

Established in 2010 by Don Conlan (Founding Board Chair) and Grant Cambridge (acting Board Chair), the Chairman's Scholarship provides $10,000 toward the recipient's first full-year of college expenses, and provides an incentive for Value Schools' students to strive for and attend a leading four-year university as ranked by US News & World report. The recipient must have been accepted to a leading four-year college, show high academic achievement, and demonstrate a commitment to our five core values. The Chairman's Scholarship recipient will receive ongoing mentoring from the Chairman of Board, Grant Cambridge.

We are proud to note that over the seven years the coveted Chariman's Scholarship has been awarded, 100% of recipients have gone to-and-through 4-year universities. This 2018 recipient of the Chairman's Scholarship was awarded to Senior Ximena Avalos as she embarks on her first year journey to the University of California, Berkeley. CONGRATULATIONS, Ximena!

Value Schools Jon Lovelace Math Scholars Award

The Value Schools' Math Scholarship recognizes students who excell in math. This $1,000 Scholarship is the result of the generosity of Mr. Richard Beleson, who demonstrated value #5 of giving back to our community. Mr. Beleson is a retired biotechnology investor from the Capital Group Companies, and made this scholarship in the name of Jon Lovelace, an avid fan of statistics, math, and securities analysis. The 2018 Math Scholarship was awarded to Mabel Araujo. Congratulations!

We thank Mr. Beleson for his generous support, and congratulate Mabel for her accomplishment!

Value Schools Scholarship

The Values Scholarships are awarded to individuals planning to attend a Community College, and have exemplified all of our values. This year, the Board of Directors raised enough funds to support twenty (20) graduating seniors. The intent of this $500 scholarship is to start students on their educational journey, remind them to strive and transfer to a four year university, and remember the importance of going to-and-through college!

  • Carlos Aguilar
  • Erick Anell
  • Neidy Barrios
  • Gian De Jesus
  • Jackie De La Rosa
  • George Enriquez
  • Nataly Galdamez
  • Nancy Hernandez
  • Daniela Lopez
  • Erick Lopez
  • Jeannette Mendoza
  • Alejandra Merino
  • Julio Morales
  • Guadalupe Perez
  • Karla Quezada
  • Melissa Rivas
  • Dalia Sanchez De La Rosa
  • Eduardo Santos
  • Alan Solano
  • Javier Zamora

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Value Schools is proud of our 2018 graduates, and honored to have such supportive individuals dedicated to their continued educational success. Donors supporting the scholarship programs at Value Schools include Grant & Peggy Cambridge, Don Conlan, Rich & Julie Wolf, Greg Wendt, Daniel Rothenberg, Helen Ryu, James Bray, Martin Romo, and Andrew Suzman. Thanks to all of you who continue to support our 2018 Graduates!

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Downtown Value School Downtown Value School 
950 West Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Phone: (213) 748-8868
Fax: (213) 742-6684
Everest Value School Everest Value School
668 South Catalina St.
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Phone: (213) 487-7736
Fax: (213) 487-7745
Central City Value High School Central City Value High School
221 North Westmoreland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Phone: (213) 471-4686
Fax: (213) 385-5127
University Prep Value High School University Prep Value High School
1929 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90006
Phone: (213) 382-1223